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and began firing killing tsa agent gerardo hernandez and wounding three others. >> you can keep up with the developments on the l.a.x. shooting with the abc7 news mobile app. download it for free. >>> the airport in birmingham, alabama is back open after a bomb threat. an employee found a note that indicated a bomb had been planted in the airport. police searched, but they found nothing. we learned more today about the sonoma county sheriff deputy who shot and killed a teenage boy. jeff westbrook claimed the deputy appeared agitated when he stopped him from make willing an unsafe lane change in august. westbrook said he asked him if he should move his bmw to a safer spot. >> i looked to shhe stick shift and when i looked back up there was a guy and he was screaming turn the vehicle off. at that point i said, sir, the vehicle is off. he repeatitively screamed the same thing. >> he said he would only draw his gun if he saw a need to do so. relatives of andy lopezannouncel announce a federal civil lights lawsuit against the deputy. this woman is due to appear in court to face charges
gerardo hernandez was killed and two others were wounded by the gunman. investigators now know how the crime happened but not why. >> abc news has the latest from lax. >> reporter: investigators say the 23-year-old paul ciancia walked up to the check point, pulled out a assault rifle and shot the officer at point blank range. he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> he realized hernandez was still moving the fbi says ciancia returned, killing him, and wounded two more officers and a teacher. >> he saw the gunman. he felt his leg go, turn into jelly. >> police shot ciancia four times, discovering a hand written note describing how he wanted to instill fear on your traitorus minds. which is detailed further on cnn >> he said if i just kill one, my mission is accomplished >> paul is their son, and brother. we'll continue to love and care for him. >> reporter: detectives combed through his southern california apartment and other residences, trying to determine what set him off. classmates describe him as a loner. a former roommate says he was a nice guy. >> goi
pieces of luggage. he pulled the gun out and opened fire on tsa officer gerardo hernandez killing him. he also shot two other tsa employees and a passenger before airport police shot him four times. according to court documents ciancia left a letter saying he made the conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees to instill fear. the letter also talked about how easy it is to get a gun into an airport. >> lax has opened but the attack is raising questions about security at america's third largest airport. >> like many passengers noah was stopped at a police check point. >> i'm nervous. honestly, since 9/11 air travels edgier than it used to be. >> investigators say ciancia told them he acted alone. >> today for the first time we're hearing from someone who knowing paul ciancia. her voice and identity is disguised but she explains what the suspected gunman was doing in the days before the shooting. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. he said he was going back home, his dad was sick and that he had to deal with family issues. he mentioned what day he
decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> he was dropped off at the airport and then shot gerardo hernandez point blank. he is the first tsa officer ever killed in the line of duty. even as he sprayed bullets from his assault bullet rifle throughout the, few were injured, airport police chief -- >> we were so lucky. >> in all honesty this could have been much, much worse. >> in his hometown of pen field, new jersey many are asking why. but so far there are no answers. >> josh pagan was a former neighbor. >> he was a friendly guy and there had to be something horrific to go on for him to do something like that. >> he is charged with murder ago federal officer while on duty and could face the death penalty, and authorities are saying little about the person who dropped him off at lax. as for those thousands of passengers stranded by friday's shooting, they are finally on their way. for sunday morning, this is carter evans in los angeles. >> osgood: secretary of state john kerry made unannounced the visit to egypt this morning, his stop in cairo comes one day before elected then oust
. this weekend the widow of we gerardo hernandez remembered the father of two who was about to turn who. >> he was a great man who always showed his love for our family. he was there to help anyone in need and helped us laugh with his an definitely sense of humor. >> reporter: the suspect is still heavily sedated at the hospital. now federal prosecutors have charged him with murder and commission of violence at an international airport, if he's convicted he could face the death penalty. charlie and margaret? >> thank you, ben. >>> senior correspondent john miller is a former lapd deputy commissioner. good morning. >> good morning. >> this would have still been under your jurisdiction in. >> i was in charge of counterterrorism so this response would have gone with the assumption it was terrorism and investigated back from there. >> do we have more detail from what happened? >> we do and some of it is kind of shocking as the story unfolds. i've been talking to people in l.a. over the weekend is ciancia arrives at the airport on the cta, central terminal area in a black h
at point-blank range at tsa officer gerardo hernandez. the document says ciancia then proceeded up an escalator. but when he saw the wounded officer move, he returned to his body, shooting hernandez again. >> he was a joyful person, always smiling. he took pride in his duty. >> reporter: anna hernandez married her husband on valentine's day 15 years ago. a father of two, he would have turned 40 next week. >> gerardo was a great man who always showed his love for our family. he was always there to help anyone in need. >> reporter: with passengers scrambling for their lives, court documents say ciancia opened fire on two other tsa officers and high school teacher brian ludmer. all three injured but alive with police in pursuit. the suspect made it over 100 yards deep into the terminal. he passed restaurants and magazine shops. this is where it all ended, in the middle of a busy terminal. shot multiple times, ciancia was taken into custody. his rifle, five magazine clips as well as a handwritten signed letter were all said to be recovered. >> we found a statement where he made a consc
as police investigate the shooting that left gerardo i. hernandez dead. 23-year-old suspect paul ciancia walked into the terminal, pulled an assault rifle out of the bag and began shooting. paul ciancia is in hospital after being shot by airport police. >> the taliban has a new leader, khan said named less than a day after the most wanted man hakimullah mehsud was killed in a drone strike. >> getting old is a fact of life. around the world it's taking its toll on people over 65. most national economies are not prepared to care for their elderly, who make up the bulk of their citizens. >> jane ferguson profiles afghanistan, ranked the worst country in the world for theedly r -- the elderly. >> for the elderly life here is tough. according to a survey afghanistan a the worst country to grow old in. in kabul it's common to see elderly men working. their children don't have the income to support them. >> this is where kabal's elderly find out how many they'll get in their pension. if they work for the state they are entitled to cash. they'll look at the details on the list. some get as littl
is 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. on the job since 2010. transferred recently to los angeles from montana. the first-ever tsa officer killed in the line of duty. >> it's shocking. very nice guy. i'm speechless. i'm shocked. >> reporter: and the shooter, the fbi releasing his picture over night. paul ciancia, a 23-year-old l.a. resident, whom authorities say opened fire with a high-power rifle, inside terminal three early friday morning. >> we have an active shooting in terminal three. >> reporter: witnesses describe a chaotic scene, saying he started shooting right outside the security checkpoint. as police raced in, he made it all the way to the back of the terminal, near the departure gates. passengers ducked for cover. some even hid in a bathroom stall. officers had their guns drawn, yelling at passengers to drop to the floor. >> everybody on the floor. on the floor, now. >> reporter: and after people ran as fast as they could -- >> go, go. >> reporter: the panic and lockdown that followed blocked ambulances from getting close, causing rescuers to race hundreds of yards to get
killed everybody in the terminal today. >> the tsa officer who died was gerardo hernandez, he was 39 and the first tsa agent ever killed in the line of duty. >> the tsa officer got up and went to work this morning and was not going to go home to their family. >> hernandez leaves behind two sons. he had just transferred here from montana recently. law enforcement sources say the alleged shooter left behind a note expressing anger and frustration at the tsa and he expected to die out here in an airport shootout. live in los angeles, abc7 news. cat tee? katie. >> we understand tsa officials are going to visit with the victims' families today. what can you tell us about that? >> that's right. tsa administrator is expected to fly out here from washington, d.c. he is expected to meet with the family of that officer who was killed and also those wounded in the shooting yesterday. >> live at l.a.x. for us this morning. thank you. a big gun show this weekend will be the first since grcher brown vetoed a bill. the show is even more controversial with yesterday's shooting at l.a.x. vic lee wit
. witnesses say the gunman, 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia, killed 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. the first tsa officer killed in the line of duty in the agency's history. two additional agents were wounded. joining me from austin, texas, is the chairman of the house homeland security committee, michael mccall. congressman, thank you very much for joining us. i think in the aftermath of this, the question i hear most often is, why did he do this. what do you know about that? i know you've been able to see some of the notes he wrote. what do you think the motivation was here? >> i think mental illness again, like the navy yard shooter that we saw. the suicide note i read talks a lot about killing tsa agents. he said, "if i just kill one, my mission is accomplished." and unfortunately, he did do that the other day. the other thing he wanted to talk about is how easy it is to bring a gun into an airport and do something like he did. my sympathies go out to the hernandez family and the other victims. this tragic day -- as you mentioned, he's the first tsa agent, officer to be killed in the line
gerardo hernandez, the father of two, found himself in the line of fire, read a brief statement to reporters outside their home. >> i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and we'll miss him dearly. >> reporter: this morning, the iconic pillars of light, the symbol of l.a.x., 100 feet tall, are lit tsa blue in honor of the slain tsa man. as of this morning, all airlines, all terminals for the first time are back to normal operations. but as you can imagine for the many who work here and the thousands passes through, it's not easy to shake this. bianna? >> so many people still rattled by that event. david, all right, thanks to you. >>> while the suspect's motive remains a mystery this morning, we're learning more about the people who knew him, there are warning signs who could hold clues as to why he went on the shooting spree targeting tsa workers. abc's gio benitez has been covering the story. good morning. >> reporter: some of his classmates said that he was bullied. and that nobody really knew him. he was a so-called loaner and really, his life was a secret. this mornin
was dropped off at the airport and then shot gerardo hernandez point blank. he is the first tsa officer ever killed in the line of duty. even as he sprayed bullets from his assault bullet rifle throughout the, few were injured, airport police chief -- >> we were so lucky. >> in all honesty this could have been much, much worse. >> in his hometown of pen field, new jersey many are asking why. but so far there are no answers. >> josh pagan was a former neighbor. >> he was a friendly guy and there had to be something horrific to go on for him to do something like that. >> he is charged with murder ago federal officer while on duty and could face the death penalty, and authorities are saying little about the person who dropped him off at lax. as for those thousands of passengers stranded by friday's shooting, they are finally on their way. for sunday morning, this is carter evans in los angeles. >> osgood: secretary of state john kerry made unannounced the visit to egypt this morning, his stop in cairo comes one day before elected then ousted morsi goes on trial for inciting violence. >> osgood:
of gerardo hernandez, father of two -- in the line of fire, read a brief statement to reporters outside of their home. >> i'm truly devastated. we are all heart broken and will miss him dearly. >> those iconic pillars of light, the symbols of l.a.x., are lit tsa blue in his honor. things are now back to normal here at terminal three, ciancia is in a hospital bed a few miles away said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. if he remains consciousness, he will face criminal charges that could carry the death penalty. david wright, abc news, l.a.x. >> so hard to wrap your mind around this, he clearly had strong anti-government views, dressed in military fatigues. had a handwritten note. talked about wanting to kill tsa and pigs and said in the note the tsa violated his rights with searches. >> we are learning so much more about him and his background. he apparently sent a text message to his little brother who lives in new jersey saying he was thinking of suicide. this is how the whole thing got kick-started. the brother reached out to authorities in the l.a. area. the autho
security administration officer 39-year-old gerardo hernandez was killed. two other tsa employees and a passenger were wounded. now, the suspect has no history of mental illness, but we do know that he texted his family saying he wasn't happy to the point where the suspect's father called lapd to check on his son. at that point it was too late. ciancia had already left for lax 45 minutes ago. reporting live at sfo. >> and a woman who knows ciancia believe the plot was days in the making. her voice has an altered to protect her identity. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. he said that basically he was going back home. either that his dad was kind of sick and he had to deal with some family issues. so he also did mention what day he had to leave. >> investigators say one of the roommates did get ciancia a ride to the airport but was unaware of the not. the woman says ciancia rarely left the san fernando valley apartment since moving there last january. meanwhile, flights are back on schedule at alabama's largest airport after a threatening note
officers at point-blank range at los angeles national airport. gerardo hernandez is the first tsa officer to be killed in the line of duty since the office was created 12 years ago. as with all tsa workers, hernandez was unarmed. police say the suspect paul ciancia had a note that said he planned to kill multiple tsa officers and wanted to, quote, instill fear in their traitorous minds. joining me msnbc correspondent pete williams. what are we learning? what's the latest on this alleged gunman? >> this is not where one of those investigations where every 10 minutes brings some other revelation. this is a long slow go to try to figure out the answer to the key question, which is why did he do it. there's nothing that his friends or roommates say this they thought he was an adherent to this extremist anti-government view expressed in this handwritten later, which is a general rant of the usual stuff about the federal reserve and federal government and the currencies and one world order and all of that. for some reason a specific attack on the tsa which he said was vilding his constitutional
was out to kill multiple tsa officers. authorities say he shot tsa officer gerardo hernandez at point-blank range, sending passengers in the security screening area running for cover. investigators say then ciancia went up an escalator but after apparently spotting hernandez still moving on the floor, he doubled back to shoot him again, killing hernandez. >> there was a pause and so i looked down the escalator and i saw the gunman, he had his gun trained on the guy on the wall there and he shot him twice. >> reporter: in the end, two more tsa officers and a traveler were hit. l.a.x. police shot ciancia several times in the face and neck. he's alive but in his condition, he remains unresponsive. earlier friday morning, ciancia sent his family in new jersey rambling text messages. a woman who says she knows him says ciancia said he was going to commit suicide. the family alerted authorities, who then asked lapd to do a welfare check. if only police had gotten to his place just 45 minutes earlier, they might have stopped the rampage. but ciancia was already gone. he demanded a ride to th
several people and taking the life of a tsa officer named gerardo hernandez, the first tsa officer to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in 2001. the suspected shooter, 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia, was charged this weekend with murder of a federal officer, and commission of violence at an international airport. after being shot at the scene of the crime, he remains in critical condition but is not believed to have suffered brain damage, allowing for the possibility he might be able to answer questions at some point. and while the entirety of his motive is yet to be known, he did have on him at the time a letter. which had language associated with the anti-government patriot movement, as well as some additional anti-government literature about a conspiracy to form a single global government. and for more, i'm joined by brand-new grio.com columnist, goldie taylor and founder of stop handgun violence, john rose en that will. i want to start with you, goldie. we have this once again confluence of we don't really know what the motives are, but there was this literature o
-old paul ciancia from new jersey. the man killed in the shooting was gerardo i. hernandez, a 5-year vat reason. tsa -- veteran of the tsa. >> police are investigating that paul ciancia was targetting the tsa. >> president obama declares he'll have 17 million signed up for health care. they'll have to
worker gerardo hernandez died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. he's the first tsa official to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in 2001. >> and in the frantic moments after gerardo hernandez was shot and killed, airport police reacted very quickly. they were 60 seconds behind ciancia, but could that reaction time have been quicker? could armed tsa agents have prevented something as horrendous as what played out at terminal three on friday. eric holder said this morning they will need to reassess after the investigation is complete. >> the investigation obviously under way, and part of that investigation will be a review of the security measures that were in place. not only at l.a.x. but i think a review of the security arrangements that exist in other airports as well. the function of the tsa is to insure that people can board planes safely. take flights safely. the responsibility for protecting airport security is not a ts ark function, but something i think we need to certainly examine, given what happened in los angeles. >> let's get the perspective here. let
>> healthcare.gov shutting down everyday for hours at a time. cbs news learns at tsa officer gerardo hernandez. two other workers were wounded. a coach is at the hospital after collapsing sunday night. >> he did not have a heart attack. they're checking on everything. >> faa is investigating two planes. the the impact carried a fire ball. all were able to jump free. >> we were lucky this time. >> morsi is charged today. >> a college student rescued after sending nearly two terrifying days trapped between two buildings. >> how do we not hold the security guards he would be dead right now. >> snowden's request for clemency. the serious fire ball burning through a montreal neighborhood. >> that is not cool. >> all that. >> passenger at the airport were shocked when a small alligator was found under an escalator. >> what? >> nfl record. >> all that matters. >> toronto's mayor says he'll ride the storm out after allegations he was caught on video smoking crack. >> i have made mistakes. >> oprah winfrey auctioned off personal belongings over the weekend. >> usually gayle comes by
to honor gerardo hernandez. >> he is the first tsa officer killed in the 12 year history. they are wearing black bands over their badges in his memory. >>> they will review the policy on officer is shootings in the wake of the shooting. tsa agents are the first line of queens and said he will do everything possible to make sure something like this does not happen again. he did not it say whether or not he warrants agents to start carrying weapons. >> the lock down the lax stranded a marine who was trying to make it to his daughter's wedding. >> this is the first time the two met each other in person. >> whether or not he made it. >> tense moments last night. they reported a jet blew flight and rae moved a passenger after another passenger told the flight crew that he was plaquing threatening comments. >> they won't tell us what they were. but he showed signs of intoxication. >> a check of the aircraft turned up nothing. >>> happening now the start of the new york marathon. it is broken into divisions. >> it is 25 minutes ago. >> 40,000 runners will be going through the city's five boroughs
tsa agent gerardo hernandez, injure two other tsa agents and a teacher at the airport. ciancia is in critical condition, unable to speak. >>> exclusive internal memos obtained by abc news show that applications by phone or mail are facing the same problems as those on the health care website. they are using the same flawed computer system. one memorandum describes the paper applications as an effort to buy time. >>> and the biggest anti-american demonstration is under way in tehran. protesters are stomping on the american flag. and starting fires, marking 34 years since the iranian hostage crisis. >>> a bizarre admission from the mayor of toronto. rob ford says he's sorry for, and i quote, being hammered, end quote, in public. he refuses to resign. he did not address allegations that he smokes crack cocaine. >>> and a taxi dash cam was rolling when this driver lost control on a busy highway. take a look. just before the road splits in two outside jerusalem, the driver suddenly swerves, slams into the side of a van, bounces back over the median. finally plowing into a railing. s
is under armed guard at a los angeles hospital. he is facing hurt chars for the death of tsa agent. gerardo hernandez, a father of two. the only tsa officer ever killed in the line of duty. the terrifying moments were caught on video by a photographer with "tmz." you can see passengers running for their lives. we'll speak to an eyewitness. first we go to adam housley live at los angeles international airport with more. adam? >> reporter: that agent hernandez is being remembered here as someone nice, always smiled, a father, a husband. here in los angeles it has been quite a few days as you might imagine. people here are very upset about what happened. a lot of coworkers here whether they knew him or not feeling for him and his family. they already have a couple of memorials. as you come into lax if you have not been here before, there are a couple of pillars they have, four or five out front a art project that sets off the airport and they change colors. in honor of him they were illuminated blue over the weekend. inside the terminal they have a makeshift memorial put up there with flowers
shot tsa officer gerardo hernandez at point-blank range, sending passengers in the security screening area running for cover. investigators say then ciancia went up an escalator but after apparently spotting hernandez still moving on the floor, he doubled back to shoot him again, killing hernandez. >> there was a pause, and so i looked down the escalator and i saw the gunman, he had his gun trained on the guy on the wall there and he shot him twice. >> reporter: in the end, two more tsa officers and a traveler were hit. l.a.x. police shot ciancia several times in the face and neck. he's alive but in his condition, he remains unresponsive. earlier friday morning, ciancia sent his family in new jersey rambling text messages. a woman who says she knows him says ciancia said he was going to commit suicide. the family alerted authorities, who then asked lapd to do a welfare check. if only police had gotten to his place just 45 minutes earlier, they might have stopped the rampage. but ciancia was already gone. he demanded a ride to the airport from one of his roommates. cnn's miguel marquez
-old hernz r the first -- gerardo i. hernandez, the first tsa agent to die undertaining k his duty. >> he was a great guy, he was proud of his son that played football, how big his son was, and his daughter. >> the man police say was the shooter, 23-year-old paul ciancia from pennsville new jersey is in critical continue in a los angeles hospital. a law enforcement official saying paul ciancia had a note in his bag saying he wanted to kill tsa employees. >> his family called police in los angeles looking for help after receiving a message from their son saying he was going to hurt himself. >> we followed up doing a wellbeing check. he was not home. lapd advised me they'd contact us as soon as they made contact to alert the family that he was okay. i discovered from the ap that paul was the suspect. >> jonathan, we expect to hear from the federal bureau of investigation in less than an hour. they've been sparing with details over the last 24 hours. we don't know what they'll say. obviously they are investigating the background of the shooter and why this happened. >> do we have any idea of
killing tsa agent gerardo i. hernandez, and wounding several others, and shutting down operations at lax. police identified the suspect as 23-year-old paul ciancia. >> pakistan summoned the american ambassador after a drone strike killed a top taliban leader, hakimullah mehsud and three others were kill. he was suspected of planning an attack that killed seven c.i.a. workers at a u.s. base in afghanistan. pakistanis worry the strike could hurt peace talks. >> the pakistani taliban named khan said as its new leader, and he is promising revenge. we have this report. >> this is the taliban new leader, khan said. he is in his mid 30s. he was appointed by a taliban council, securing 43 out of 60 votes. some factions made up of 30 groups are pushing for other candidates to take the top job. khan said is well-known. he is thought to is have planned an attack on a gaol in north-west pakistan that freed nearly 400 prisoners, as well as an attack on an air force base that same year. khan said was a trusted lieutenant of the former leader hakimullah mehsud killed in a drone strike on friday. the in
as much mention is the man who was killed yesterday, the transportation security officer, gerardo i. hernandez, and his wife spoke. really, she was rather elegant and composed when she talked about her husband. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and will miss him dealer. thank you very much. >> really sad to hear something like that. so the fbi says that they are going to build a full profile of paul ciancia to see exactly what did drive him to do this. he's lived in los angeles about a year and a half, originally from pennsville new jersey. nobody yet has said that there was any signal that he was going to do this or it would happen. >> what happens next in the fbi's investigation? >> they'll go over - you know, where he lives, talking to his friends, his family, electronic communications, where he got the gun, how he got to the airport. we are told he was dropped off. probably the fbi knows who dropped him off. everything from a to b they will go over, including every shell
shot 39-year-old gerardo hernandez at point blank range, left, came back because he saw him moving to shoot him again. hernandez leaves behind two kids and his grieving wife speaking out. >> he was always excited to go to work and enjoyed the interaction with the passengers at l.a.x. he took pride in his duty for the american public and the tsa mission. >> that's what folks said, always smiling. two other tsa agents injured in friday's shooting. they are now home recovering. >>> overnight a shooting on homecoming weekend at a college in north carolina. police say somebody was firing off a gun near a dorm on the campus of north carolina a&t university in greengs bosboro. the university was put on lockdown while they are looking for the shooter. the lockdown is over. luckily, the student that was shot is going to be okay. >>> this story, nothing short of a miracle. a group of eight sky divers and two pilots very lucky to be alive. i mean, shocking story after the two planes that they were in collided 12,000 feet above northwest wisconsin. one of the planes was sent plummeting to eart
literally killed everybody in that terminal today. >> the tsa officer who died was gerardo i hernandez. he was 39. first tsa agent ever killed in the like of duty. >> a tsa officer got up and went to work this morning and is not going to go home to their family. >> now that officer who was killed was a father of two. he had just transferred here from montana. katie. >> it's just so sad, have we learned anything at this point about the motive, why the gunman did this? >> well, investigators are still looking into a motive. law enforcement source tell us that the alleged shooter left behind a note that specifically expressed anger and frustration at the tsa. that note also suggested that the alleged shooter intended to die out here in an airport shootout. >> live at los angeles international airport for us this morning. we will check in with you again during the next hour. thank you. >>> other news this morning in the bay area, the big gun show at the cal palace is the first. the show becomes more controversial with yesterday's shooting at lax. we have the story. >> reporter: during the last
. this is the tsa screening area. he continued to shoot, according to a witness. tsa officer gerardo hernandez .as shot from the point where he enters into the point where he gets to that mind, we are asking about overall airport security. do you think things are situated as far as having tsa their? make your thoughts known. dallas, texas is up next, here is ralph. you are on go ahead. i was watching everything, the television, when this was unfolding. do believe the airport security needs to be trained a little bit more. i do believe some of them need to be certified to carry notarms so the stuff does happen again. they mayad been armed have prevented this from the gentleman getting to the food cart area. i will take my answer off air. host: before you leave, do you think more security needs to be done before you get to the point when you walk into the tsa line, as the previous caller put it to? more security might be -- the problem is not more. itthey are not well-trained does not matter how many you have. somebody will do this again. host: do you think about the stuff when you go to fly at the
where he was pursued by police and later taken into custody. the tsa agent is identified as gerardo hernandez. passengers during all of this hid inside restrooms, many poured out on to the tarmac. there was bloodshed and chaos that filled the terminal. investigators were able to shut down the terminal. 167,000 passengers here at lax, the third busiest in the country were affected by this. the terminal today remains shut down although the other terminals are operational. it was chaos and confusion all day yesterday, lester. but the suspect is in custody, lester. >> miguel almaguer at lax. thank you. >>> pete williams has more on the investigation into the suspect and also a possible motive. he's with us from washington. pete, what can you tell us? >> i can tell you, erica, that federal officials are going through this person's background hoping to find out what led him to take a rifle and over 100 rounds of ammunition to the airport. they say paul anthony ciancia, age 23, originally from new jersey, was carrying some radical antigovernment written material they describe as harshly cr
. >> the tsa officer killed was 39-year-old gerardo hernandez, the first tsa agent killed in the line of duty. the head of the agency will meet with his family today. paul anthony ciancia is hospitalized in critical condition reportedly shot four times including in the mouth and leg. investigators are found a note on had him accusing the tsa of violating his rights. >>> the ripple effect of that shooting is being felt across the nation at airports all across the country. we're live at sfo. >> reporter: that shooting investigation is impacting all three bay area airports. here at sfo four are flights to and from lax on virgin merng cancelled this morning. the same airline scrapped two of its flights that were scheduled it to depart from san jose to lax this morning. oakland airport says delta airlines has cancelled two of its flights to lax out of land were land. behind us is the virgin america it ticket counter. all morning it was pretty busy as many pass jerpz trying to find alternate ways to get to their destination. virgin america operates out of terminal three at lax. that's where the sho
gerardo hernandez. but gunfire wasn't over. police say the suspect was on the move. now past security and had hadded through the terminal. >> loading his gun, looked straight at me. i was five feet from him. >> panicked passengers hid in restrooms. others poured onto the tarmac. >> kind of screaming. >> police gave chase. soon, a gun battle. >> airport police officers engaged the suspect, opened fire, wounded him. and took him into custody. >> is he down? >> he is down. >> with at least seven injured and six hospitalized, the wounded were carted to safety. >> you see a man in a wheelchair as well as the tsa agent there covered in blood. his leg has been hit. or at least is bleeding >> tactical teams swept the terminal. rooftops, parking garages and access roads all shut down. later, the all clear. the threat finally over. >> the suspect los angeles resident from new jersey is in custody but police have not released a motive. that remains part of their active investigation inside terminal 3. meantime, all of the other terminals here at l.a.x. are up and running but the ripple effect fr
suspect. we learned about the man who police say he shot and killed yesterday. that is 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. he was a tsa agent. in fact, he was the first tsa agent ever shot and killed in the line of duty. he was also the father of two. at the same time we are learning more about the gunman. police say 23-year-old paul ciansio pulled out a rifle and started shooting. >> shooting was on the left-hand side from where we heard the gun shot. it was horrible, you know. it was vietnam all again. >> authorities say it could have been worse. that's because he was found with more than 100 rounds left when he was finally taken into custody. witnesses think he was targeting tsa agents. they say he walked up to them, asked them if they were working for tsa. when he was taken into custody he had a had written note that said he wanted to harm tsa agents. he is from new jersey. apparently earlier in the week he texted his brother in new jersey saying he wanted to try to kill himself. authorities looking into that. he was shot before taken into custody, but he is still alive and they are trying
to a federal criminal complaint, ciancia fired multiple rounds at point blank range at officer gerardo hernandez. investigators said ciancia proceeded up an escalator, but when hernandez appeared to move, he returned to shoot him again. police say he shoots tony grigsby and brian ludmer. once he was past security, police say he made his way down the long corridor. according to some reports, he went up to witnesses and said tsa. they shook their heads no and he kept going. ciancia was seen shooting several times. we now know ciancia lived in los angeles for over a year. law enforcement sources tell nbc news he legally purchased two gun from a target range not far from his home. in a moment, ciancia lashes out at the tsa saying his constitutional rights were violated and a mention of nwo which warns of a totalitarian one-world government. he sent a message to his family back in new jersey just before the rampage. his father was so worried, he asked to call l.a. authorities. >> he called my cell phone back. he said to me that i can't believe what i'm saying on tv. is this true? is this my
spoke to the media saturday. >> gerardo would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. and we are all heartbroken. >> reporter: the head of the tsa expressed his condolences on behalf of the agency. >> officers hernandez was the first tsa employee killed in the line of duty. >> on the floor, on the floor now! >> reporter: hernandez was killed in a shooting rampage at los angeles international airport friday morning. four other people were wounded. a wreath was delivered to l.a.x. saturday where there's a visible police presence in car, on foot and on bicycles. >> we saw a lot of policemen around so i'm feeling good. >> reporter: a blue tarp cordoned off the security checkpoint where authorities say 23-year-old paul ciancia opened fire. the fbi wrapped up its forensic investigation and cleaning crews were brought in to sanitize the area. >> we want to make sure when people walk in that the place is pristine and no evidence of incidents that occurred. >> reporter: terminal 3 is now completely operational but some baggage was left behind during friday's chaos. passengers are enco
to the media saturday. >> gerardo would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated and we are all heartbroken. >> reporter: the head of the tsa expressed his condolences on behalf of the agency. >> officers hernandez was the first tsa employee killed in the line of duty. >> on the floor, on the floor now! >> reporter: hernandez was killed in a shooting rampage at los angeles international airport friday morning. four other people were wounded. a wreath was delivered to l.a.x. saturday where there's a visible police presence in car, on foot and on bicycles. >> we saw a lot of policemen around so i'm feeling good. >> reporter: a blue tarp cordoned off the security checkpoint where authorities say 23-year-old paul ciancia opened fire. the fbi wrapped up its forensic investigation and cleaning crews were brought in to sanitize the area. >> we want to make sure when people walk in that the place is pristine and no evidence of incidents that occurred. >> reporter: terminal 3 is now completely operational but some baggage was left behind during friday's chaos. passengers are encourage to
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